Smoke was not the only thing that polluted the sky when several wildfires burned in the West Kootenay last summer.
Noise pollution from helicopters was also a problem and — along with several complaints from regional district residents — the board of the Regional District of Central Kootenay has petitioned federal MP’s with a plan.
RDCK board chair Aimee Watson has written a letter to South Okanagan-West Kootenay MP Richard Cannings (NDP), Kootenay-Columbia MP Rob Morrison (Conservatives) and Transport Canada about helicopter noise pollution in the regional district.
The Kootenay Rockies have achieved yet another level of excellence.
The region — which includes Nelson and the West Kootenay — is a biosphere certified destination, only the third such region in the nation to achieve the honour.
A dispute over closing road access to a popular local beach has not been resolved and continues to pit community members against each other and the nearby power company.
Although the North Beach property in Glade is owned by Columbia Power and Columbia Basin Trust (CBT) it has been used by residents of the community — located 23 kilometres west of Nelson — for some time, dating back over 100 years to the first Doukhobor settlers in the area.
RCMP said a Kamloops woman has been arrested and charged with multiple counts of arson following a joint investigation between the BC RCMP and BC Wildfire Service.
In a media release Monday, police said on April 30, 2022, a resident in the Monte Lake area encountered a suspicious vehicle on a forestry road while investigating some smoke in the hills. The resident took note of the license plate and reported it to the RCMP.
Nelsonites will be paying over five per cent more for their total tax take when compared to last year.
That is slightly higher than the four per cent increase assessed on the municipal tax rate alone, but not including the water, sewer and resource recovery increases, coupled with a jump in Nelson Hydro rates.
Each year council approves a Five-Year Financial Plan which establishes the annual budget and priorities, with a Tax Rate bylaw also required in order to collect an appropriate amount of funds — as determined by category — to finance its activities.
Re-envisioning the Hall Street Pier Project after estimated preliminary costs proved prohibitive has the waterfront work set to begin in June.
Located at the foot of Hall Street and the waterfront, the first flush of the project blew the initial budget set by city council, prompting a search to find cost savings.
By reducing the quantity of timber and steel a modified version of the pier emerged, and provided an opportunity to shorten the pier and add a swimming amenity area.
One of the city’s poverty-reduction programs is receiving a cash infusion to continue its work supporting people who are vulnerable and have low incomes.
Together Nelson — part of Nelson at its Best — will be the recipient of $50,000 for its Year One program to improve financial literacy skills and job readiness.
As well, the Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) will also be receiving funding ($25,000) to develop an affordable housing action plan.
A new hiking challenge launched in the Boundary is motivating residents, as well as visitors to the area, to get outside, explore local trails, have fun and win some prizes along the way.
To celebrate this year’s 125th anniversary of Grand Forks, the ‘Hike our Story’ Challenge is a collaboration between outdoor enthusiasts from the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary’s Recreation Commission and The Grand Forks Community Trails Society.
Their collective aim is to empower people through connectivity to nature and build an appreciation of Indigenous heritage.
Residents living in the Beaver Valley, Rivervale and Christina Lake will be able to significantly reduce their water consumption and conserve H20 more effectively this summer with help from the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary latest seasonal recruit, Abbe Teasdale.
The RDKB made the announcement in a recent media release.
Teasdale, who has just finished the second year of her Civil Engineering degree at the University of Calgary, is the latest post-secondary student to join the burgeoning talented crew at the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary.
As more people head outdoors across Interior Health, it is likely they may encounter bats. Bats can carry diseases that can be transmitted to humans. This PSA provides tips on how to avoid bat exposures and when to seek health advice.
Bats and rabies